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  • The 10 best Peter Lorre performances

    From his astonishing debut as the child-killer in Fritz Lang’s M, Peter Lorre went on to become one of Hollywood’s best-recognised character actors. As a BFI Southbank season pays tribute, here’s a run down of his 10 greatest appearances.
    Tuesday 2 September 2014

  • Remembering Richard Attenborough

    A tribute to the life and career of the great actor and director Richard Attenborough, who was Chairman of the BFI from 1981 to 1992.
    Monday 1 September 2014

  • 10 great gay films from East and Southeast Asia

    As our season on great Chinese cinema continues into September, we explore some of the best East and Southeast Asian gay films.
    Friday 29 August 2014

  • BFI London Film Festival Archive Gala screening revealed as The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands

    The BFI National Archive is pleased to announce that the world premiere of a new restoration of a major British silent film, The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands, will be unveiled as the BFI London Film Festival Archive Gala screening, presented in in partnership with American Express®.
    Thursday 21 August 2014

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  • Cannes 2014 preview: stiff competition

    Jonathan Romney on what to look out for in this year’s festival – from the usual auteur heavyweights to the roster of UK talent.

    Jonathan Romney
    Tuesday 13 May 2014

    Festivals

  • H.R. Giger’s alien: in pictures

    Swiss painter and sculptor H.R.

    Tuesday 13 May 2014

    Features

  • BFI DVD releases announced for August/September 2014

    Rare sci-fi gems from the BBC archives and an Ernest Hemingway classic are among our DVD and Blu-ray releases for late summer 2014.

    Tuesday 13 May 2014

    Announcements

  • Reality and the red carpet: Hot Docs 2014

    At North America’s biggest documentary festival, nonfiction generously extends to more or less thorny matters of fame, media frenzies, pantomimes and hoopla, finds Adam Nayman.

    Adam Nayman
    Monday 12 May 2014

    Festivals

  • In pictures: British film talent gathers for Cannes send-off

    Dominic West, Freddie Fox, Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Mike Leigh and Ben Wheatley are among the stars and filmmakers who joined us to toast the British presence at this year’s Cannes Film Festival at our pre-festival ‘send-off’ lunch.

    Friday 9 May 2014

    Features

  • Review: The Wind Rises

    Studio Ghibli’s Miyazaki Hayao signs off with a deeply personal paean to flight – and deeply ambiguous portrait of the artist as blinkered visionary. But what are his obligations to history, asks Andrew Osmond?

    Andrew Osmond
    Friday 9 May 2014

    Reviews and recommendations

  • The owl’s legacy: in memory of Chris Marker

    Chris Marker was so much more than just a ‘documentary filmmaker’. He was photographer, essayist, activist, cartoonist, interactive pioneer – and mentor. Catherine Lupton, Agnès Varda, Thom Anderson, Chris Petit and more pay tribute.

    Catherine Lupton , Thom Andersen , Chris Petit , Jem Cohen , John Gianvito , Patrick Keiller , Sarah Turner , Kodwo Eshun , José Luis Guerín , Agnès Varda
    Friday 9 May 2014

    Features

  • Film of the week: Frank

    Lenny Abrahamson’s biopic manqué of Frank Sidebottom shows us the impenetrable layers of papier-mâché between us and our heroes, says Ryan Gilbey.

    Ryan Gilbey
    Friday 9 May 2014

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Free anime: Mizue Mirai, wizard of blobs and blocks

    Japan’s answer to the likes of Oskar Fischinger and Norman McLaren talks to Jasper Sharp about his synaesthetic “cell animation”, why he hand-draws computer-animated lookalikes and his one-man Exquisite corpse-style motion epic Wonder.

    Jasper Sharp
    Friday 9 May 2014

    Interviews

  • 10 great films about masks

    In the guise of a tie-in with the release of Frank, starring Michael Fassbender as masked singer Frank Sidebottom, we celebrate the rich history of masks on screen.

    Michael Brooke
    Thursday 8 May 2014

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  • Oscars 2014

    Oscars 2014

    Interviews, news and comment on the Academy Awards.

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  • BAFTAs 2014

    BAFTAs 2014

    Interviews, news and comment on the British Academy Film Awards.

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